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Stars Not Shining At The Moment

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Keeli Garza of Five for Fighting at the Star-Telegram,

Wow, where to start with this one. A total mess, and that is one aggravated, frustrated group right now. The woes of training camp are just spilling over, and it is producing some ugly, ugly hockey.

Coach Dave Tippett brought up the names Jere Lehtinen and Fabian Brunnstrom; as in, it may be time for these two to get into the lineup. Message to players: You’ve had your chance, you’re doing nothing, have a seat.

The tsk-tsk’s abound. Mike Ribeiro has been MIA. Loui Eriksson has done nothing. Insert name here has been bad, too.

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Flames/Canucks In A Battle Last Night

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from Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,

Geez, tough marker. Canucks coach Alain Vigneault appeared reluctant to give the Flames much credit for their one clear decision — Jarome Iginla’s left-hand flooring of Willie Mitchell in the first period.
“They have a great leader obviously in Jarome and he was a man on a mission tonight,” said Vigneault after his team’s 4-3 overtime triumph on Pavol Demitra’s heroics. “But you know Willie was a man on a mission too — he did a great job defensively against him and he stood up toe to toe. If Jarome’s sweater doesn’t rip, I don’t think he wins that one.”

continued for more reaction to the OT win by Calgary and watch the Iginal/Mitchell battle below…

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  Tags: jarome+iginla, willie+mitchell

Teams Playing Goalie Roulette

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Caps should have found the way to keep Cristobal Huet rather than signing free agent Jose Theodore and the Blackhawks would have been better off sticking with Nikolai Khabibulin this season than signing Huet to a long-term deal. Everyone will lose this game of goaltender roulette.

more NHL bits and some CBA talk too…

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An Indefinite Suspension Without A Media Circus

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Mike Peca of the Columbus Blue Jackets has been suspended indefinitely for his actions in Friday night’s game where the Blue Jackets played in Dallas against the Stars.  The Blue Jackets won the game 5-4 in overtime.  In the second period, Mike Peca appears to have been tripped by Dallas forward Brenden Morrow immediately before Dallas scored to tie the game at 1-1.  This occurred during a Dallas two man advantage.  Peca was upset with the non-call of the penalty and was arguing it with referee Greg Kimmerly.  Peca grabbed Kimmerly’s arm as the referee skated away to try to argue his case.  Peca was given a 10 minute misconduct and a game misconduct for abuse of an official.  It is likely that this event will garner a 10 game suspension for Mike Peca (abuse of officials has a minimum 10 game suspension according to Rule 41, Category 2).  If that occurs, it will place Peca on the list of the longest NHL suspensions ever.  Is this one of the worst events in NHL history?

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Hockey Night In Canada Theme Finalists

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

CBC lost the rights to the Hockey Night in Canada theme and is holding a contest to replace it.  The winning theme gets $100,000 and half the continuing royalties.  Thousands of entries were submitted and the CBC contest is left with two finalists.

UPDATE:  The winner has been announced and it is Canadian Gold by Colin Oberst.

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Foppa Wanted In Russia

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from David Staple at the Cult of Hockey,

And so it begins, the endless speculation on where Peter Forsberg will play if and when he plays this season. 

Ak-Bars Kazan has started talks with Forsberg’s swedish representatives, in an attempt to get the Tre Kronor artist to join the new Russian Continental Hockey League team, reports Peter Adler, the Euro-hockey expert.

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The Rumor Talk

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The boys on Hockey Hot Stove on HNIC with the following:

Pierre LeBrun states the starting point for signing Zetterberg will be $8.25 million per year.

Mike Milbury mentioned Marian Gaborik talks are at a standstill.  May be an ego thing with Gaborik, the Wild make him an offer, he turns them down.  LeBrun said he will be traded “soon”, Wild won’t wait for the March 3rd trade deadline.

Pierre also mentioned Satan on the wing in Pittsburgh is not going well, so keep an eye on the Penguins getting involved in the Gaborik trade talk.

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  Tags: henrik+zetterberg, marian+gaborik

Devils Concerned About Financial Future

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

There are 13 Devils players who will earn $2 million or more this season. Four others will come very close to $1 million.

“We’re like anybody else. We see what is going on and understand it,” Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner said. “It may not have a direct effect on us at this moment, but it’s not good. It’s not good for pro sports in general. People aren’t going to spend the money to go watch games.”

Certainly a guy who earns $2.8 million, as Langenbrunner does, is more concerned about investments than the average Joe.

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OK, All Done, Play Some Hockey

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Palace Sports & Entertainment Finances $70M For New Tampa Owners

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes,

Palace Sports financed $70-million of team sale

Why is this interesting? Because the company that wanted so badly out of the hockey business is still so entwined, and even more deeply (about $20-million more deeply) than we originally believed. It also is in a position, though unlikely, to regain control of the team if OK Hockey cannot repay the loan.

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